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James Henry Leigh Hunt

Geburtstag: 19. Oktober 1784
Todesdatum: 28. August 1859

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James Henry Leigh Hunt war ein englischer Schriftsteller.

Hunt ließ schon als Schüler der Christ's Hospital-Schule in London mehrere Essays and juvenile poems im Juvenile Preceptor drucken, arbeitete hierauf längere Zeit bei einem Attorney und erhielt sodann eine Staatsanstellung, die er aber wieder aufgab, um sich vorzugsweise der theatralischen Kritik zu widmen.

Aus dieser Zeit stammen seine vortrefflichen Essays über Theater und dramatische Kunst, die 1807 unter dem Titel: Critical essays on the performances of the London theatres gesammelt erschienen. Schonungslos in Besprechung kirchlicher und politischer Verhältnisse und Personen, z. B. in den Pamphleten: On the folly and danger of methodism und The reformist's reply to an article on the state of parties in the Edinburgh Review , wusste er den Radikalismus am geistreichsten in die Londoner Journalistik einzuführen, besonders in dem von ihm gemeinschaftlich mit seinem Bruder John 1808 gegründeten und im radikal-whiggistischen Geist geschriebenen Examiner.

Wegen eines Libells auf den Prinz-Regenten, nachmaligen König Georg IV., wurde er zu zweijähriger Einkerkerung verurteilt, wofür er sich durch seinen Report of an information, filed ex officio by the Attorney general with observations rächte. Später sich ausschließlich der Poesie zuwendend, gründete er durch das echt romantische Gedicht The story of Rimini seinen Ruf als Dichter; andre Poesien, wie Foliage, The feast of the poets folgten nach.

1822 gab er mit Lord Byron in Italien die extrem liberale Zeitschrift The Liberal heraus, die indessen kein Glück machte; desto größeres Aufsehen erregte er später mit dem Buch Lord Byron and some of his contemporaries .

Erwähnenswert sind das Drama A legend of Florence und das erzählende Gedicht The Pallrey, a love-story of old times , worin die üppige Einbildungskraft, ungewöhnliche Sprachgewandtheit und pittoreske Darstellungsgabe des Verfassers glänzend hervortreten.

Weitere Werke sind:

Classic tales ; das komische Gedicht

Captain Sword and Captain Pen ; die Romane:

Sir Ralph Esher und

Imagination and fancy ;

Men, Women and books ;

The town ;

Autobiography and reminiscences ;

The fourth estate, eine Geschichte der englischen Presse ;

The religion of the heart, Darlegung seiner Ansichten über natürliche Religion ;

Notices of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh and Farquhar .

The old Court Suburb, Beschreibung der Londoner Vorstadt Kensington , u. a.Er übersetzte auch Torquato Tassos Aminta und erwarb sich durch seine treffliche Modernisierung Chaucers ein großes Verdienst.

Zitate James Henry Leigh Hunt

„It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!“

— Leigh Hunt
Context: Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An Angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the Presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head, And with a look made of all sweet accord Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord." "And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so," Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then, Write me as one who loves his fellow men." The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night It came again with a great wakening light, And showed the names whom love of God had blessed, And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!

„I pray thee, then,
Write me as one who loves his fellow men.“

— Leigh Hunt
Context: Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An Angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the Presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head, And with a look made of all sweet accord Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord." "And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so," Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then, Write me as one who loves his fellow men." The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night It came again with a great wakening light, And showed the names whom love of God had blessed, And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!

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„Stolen sweets are always sweeter,“

— Leigh Hunt
Context: Stolen sweets are always sweeter, Stolen kisses much completer, Stolen looks are nice in chapels, Stolen, stolen, be your apples. Song of Fairies Robbing an Orchard. Confer Colley Cibber: "Stolen sweets are best."

„Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace“

— Leigh Hunt
Context: Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An Angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the Presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head, And with a look made of all sweet accord Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord." "And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so," Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then, Write me as one who loves his fellow men." The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night It came again with a great wakening light, And showed the names whom love of God had blessed, And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!

„Fishes do not roar; they cannot express any sound of suffering; and therefore the angler chooses to think they do not suffer, more than it is convenient for him to fancy.“

— Leigh Hunt
Context: Fishes do not roar; they cannot express any sound of suffering; and therefore the angler chooses to think they do not suffer, more than it is convenient for him to fancy. Now it is a poor sport that depends for its existence on the want of a voice in the sufferer, and of imagination in the sportsman. Revised edition, London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1889, p. 114

„Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
Say that health and wealth have missed me;
Say I'm growing old, but add
Jenny kissed me.“

— Leigh Hunt
Context: Jenny kissed me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in. Say I'm weary, say I'm sad, Say that health and wealth have missed me; Say I'm growing old, but add Jenny kissed me. "Jenny Kissed Me", in The Monthly Chronicle (November 1838)

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„That there is pain and evil, is no rule
That I should make it greater, like a fool.“

— Leigh Hunt
A Thought or Two on Reading Pomfret's "Choice", in The Poetical Works of Leigh Hunt, London: Edward Moxon, 1846, [https://books.google.it/books?id=t7VYAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA147 p. 147].

„The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing.“

— Leigh Hunt
[http://books.google.com/books?id=FSw3AAAAIAAJ&q="The+same+people+who+can+deny+others+everything+are+famous+for+refusing+themselves+nothing"&pg=PA62#v=onepage Table Talk] (1851)

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